Some seasons started in July, while others waited to late August. Some had player weight limits, others had none. Some youth league leaders considered flag football the most essential and smartest entry level platform to grow the game. Others considered flag something else–sometimes they said it was not “real football.”
For good reason, youth football is making substantial changes to standardize the seasons, the coaching standards and the safety standards for participating kids ages 6-14 years old.
USA Football’s leadership is behind these changes. USA Football, the governing body for football in the United States, has assumed the key leadership role with respect to player insurance, coaching education, player development and most importantly–player safety. And the youth leagues are following in big numbers.
Notably, in two years, more than half, or 5,500 US youth football leagues have registered for USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.
And it least one private summer camp operator–Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps–offers the Heads Up curriculum within it’s many community-based camps. See more…